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FCS Top 25: Villanova Jumps to #15

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Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Villanova's 4th quarter victory over William & Mary garnered some attention as Andy Talley's 3-2 squad has jumped to #15 in the newest TSN FCS Top-25 Poll.

Saturday's opponent, Towson Tigers, are the highest-ranked CAA program at #3, with three other CAA teams included for five total.

The other CAA representatives are Maine (14), James Madison (21), and New Hampshire (25).

Overall, North Dakota State remains a hold on the #1 spot as they required a 4th-quarter comeback to defeat Northern Iowa, 24-23.

TSN Media Poll

Team (First-place votes) Record Points Previous Rank
1. North Dakota State Bison (157) 5-0 3,925 1
2. Sam Houston State Bearkats 4-1 3,665 2
3. Towson Tigers 6-0 3,657 3
4. Northern Iowa Panthers 4-1 3,283 4
5. Eastern Illinois Panthers 4-1 3,272 5
6. Eastern Washington Eagles 3-2 3,124 6
7. Montana State Bobcats 4-2 2,902 8
8. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 5-0 2,653 9
9. McNeese State Cowboys 5-1 2,475 11
10. Fordham Rams 6-0 2,451 12
11. Montana Grizzlies 4-1 2,433 10
12. Wofford Terriers 3-2 1,738 17
13. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 3-3 1,660 7
14. Maine Black Bears 5-1 1,533 23
15. Villanova Wildcats 3-2 1,490 20
16. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 4-1 1,391 21
17. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 4-1 1,255 13
18. Youngstown State Penguins 5-1 1,178 NR
19. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 3-2 1,111 15
20. Central Arkansas Bears 2-3 870 14
21. James Madison Dukes 4-2 646 NR
22. Georgia Southern Eagles 3-2 636 16
23. Samford Bulldogs 4-2 592 NR
24. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 5-1 508 NR
25. New Hampshire Wildcats 1-3 424 19


Coaches' Poll

RANK SCHOOL (FIRST) RECORD POINTS PREV
1. North Dakota State (25) 5-0 649 1
2. Towson (1) 6-0 623 2
3. Sam Houston State 4-1 600 3
4. Eastern Illinois 4-1 555 5
5. Northern Iowa 4-1 530 4
6. Coastal Carolina 5-0 521 6
7. Montana State 4-2 502 7
8. Eastern Washington 3-2 448 8
9. Fordham 6-0 418 13
10. Montana 4-1 417 12
11. McNeese State 5-1 393 14
12. Wofford 3-2 319 15
13. Bethune-Cookman 4-1 315 16
14. Lehigh 4-1 284 10
15. Villanova 3-2 248 20
16. Youngstown State 5-1 219 22
17. Maine 5-1 215 23
18. South Dakota State 3-3 211 9
19. James Madison 4-2 210 21
20. Central Arkansas 2-3 158 11
21. Northern Arizona 3-2 107 17
22. New Hampshire 1-3 77 18
23. Tennessee State 5-1 76 NR
24. Jacksonville State 5-1 66 NR
25. Charleston Southern 6-0 60 NR

Villanova's only FCS loss came against the now-Top-10 Fordham Rams, 27-24, in a turnover-plagued away contest in week two of the season. The Wildcats have largely-avoided turning the ball over since that game and will look to continue that trend at Towson.